November 4, 2009 Obituaries

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Anita Mae Bergeron
Anita Mae Bergeron, 79, died gracefully on October 26, 2009, at the Union House Nursing Home in Glover after living a life of devout faith and rising above the challenges of multiple sclerosis for more than 50 years.
Mrs. Bergeron was born September 15, 1930, in Brownington Center, a daughter of Albert and Mary (Niquette) St. Pierre.
She is survived by her sons Paul D. Bergeron and his wife, Victoria, of Concord and Wayne Bergeron of Newport; by five grandchildren; by nine great-grandchildren; by her sister Rena St. Pierre of Glover; by many nieces and nephews and their families; and by her extended family of caregivers at Union House.  She was predeceased by her parents; by her brother Delphis St. Pierre; by her sister Eva Young and her husband, Wilfred; and by infant brother George St. Pierre.
Honoring Mrs. Bergeron’s wishes, there will be no services.  Interment at St. Theresa’s Cemetery will be private.
Should friends desire, contributions in Mrs. Bergeron’s memory may be made to Union House Nursing Home, earmarked for the activities fund, 3086 Glover Street, Glover, Vermont 05839; or to Frontier Animal Society, 502 Strawberry Acres Road, Newport, Vermont 05855.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at
Arrangements are by Curtis-Britch Converse-Rushford Funeral Homes.




Lillian L. (Wilde) Goodwin
Lillian L. (Wilde) Goodwin, 97, of Derby Line died November 2, 2009, at Maple Lane Nursing Home in Barton, where she had resided for the past year and a half.
Mrs. Goodwin was born July 11, 1912, in Avon, Connecticut, a daughter of Clair and Lena (Zaugg) Wilde.
On January 30, 1937, she married Ervin Reuben Goodwin, who predeceased her on March 30, 2008.  They made their home in Nepaug, Connecticut, until 1969, when they moved to Vermont to be closer to their children.
While living in Connecticut, she worked as a relief mailman and as a housekeeper to various families in the area.  She continued her housekeeping trade when she moved to Derby Line.
She was a seventh-degree member of the Grange and belonged to Eureka Grange 62 in New Hartford, Connecticut.
She spent summers at the camp on Holland Pond.  She enjoyed working in her flower gardens, watching the birds, and staging “mock” weddings and hat parties.  She was a past member of the Women’s Society of Stanstead South Church, the North Country Swingers, and the Holland Historical Society.
In later years she withdrew from outside activities so she could enjoy more family get-togethers and spend more time with her loved ones.
She is survived by two children, Brenda Goodwin Heath of Barton and Randolph Reuben Goodwin and his wife, Constance, on Antwerp, New York; by eight grandchildren:  Robert D. Heath and his wife, Rachel, of Chicester, New Hampshire, Robyn D.H. Churchill and her husband, George, of Barton, Randolph R. Goodwin Jr. and his wife, Kathleen, of Antwerp, Ervin E. Goodwin and his wife, Janellen, of Westfield, Deborah D. Goodwin of St. Johnsbury, Natalie N. Polizzo and her husband, Nicholas, of Clarksville, Tennessee, Lena L. Klock and her husband, Benjamin, of Statesville, North Carolina, and John J. Goodwin of Antwerp; by eight great-grandchildren:  Derrick A. Heath of Chichester, Kaitlyn Dutton of Antwerp, Noah Parker and Gretchen Goodwin of Westfield, Shawn and Lilly Polizzo of Clarksville, and Aliyah and Haley Klock of Statesville; by her grandpup Turtle; and by several nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her parents; and by her siblings Harold Wilde and Esther Brown.
Memorial donations may be made to the Frontier Animal Society of Vermont, 502 Strawberry Acres, Newport, Vermont 05855.




William Manley Naramore Jr.


William Manley Naramore Jr., 58, of Suffolk, Virginia, died Friday, October 30, 2009.
Mr. Naramore was born in Lowell on March 28, 1951, to Blanche Knowles and William Manley Naramore.
He graduated from North Country Union High School in Newport in 1969 and studied architecture at Vermont Technical College in Randolph.
He and his wife, Barbara, owned Naramore Construction Company, Incorporated, a custom design and remodeling firm, for more than 30 years in Fairfax County and Hampton Roads, Virginia, and in Chittenden County. He was a true craftsman who loved seeing clients’ dreams for their homes come to life through his work.
He loved being outdoors, especially hunting and fishing.  He loved spending time on the John Finnegan Farm in Lowell, where he and his friends recently constructed a bridge that crosses the Missisquoi River.
The essence of his life is captured through a near lifelong companionship with Barbara, his devotion to his son Justin, and an enduring love for his family, friends, and his work.
He shared his endearing and ever-present, dry sense of humor by delighting everyone with his eye-catching T-shirts, his Vermonter accent, and his insightful comebacks.
He is survived by his loving wife of 36 years, Barbara Finnegan; by his beloved son Justin; by sisters:  Mary Speroni of Williston, Nancy Naramore of Montpelier, and Sister M. Clare Naramore of Burlington; and by several brothers- and sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, and lifelong beloved friends.  He was predeceased by his parents; and by brothers Robert Naramore and Donald Naramore.
Burial will take place at 11 a.m. on Saturday, November 7, in the Mountainview Cemetery in Lowell, followed by a reception at St. Ignatius Parish Hall in Lowell.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Virginia Prostate Center, Department of Urology, Eastern Virginia Medical School, P.O. Box 1980, Norfolk, Virginia 23501-1980.




Cecile Lachance Prive
Cecile Lachance Prive, 92, of Newport died peacefully on October 28, 2009, in Newport.
Mrs. Prive was born July 4, 1917, in Berlin, New Hampshire, a daughter of Frank and Mary Ann (Roy) Lachance.
On September 12, 1955, she married Hector D. Prive, who predeceased her on January 4, 2002.
She was a graduate of Berlin High School.
She was a member of St. Mary, Star of the Sea, Catholic Church in Newport and the Veterans Railroad Terminal Association.
She enjoyed birdwatching, working in her flower and vegetable gardens, and being with her family and children.  She enjoyed talking with her friends and family on the telephone, and she loved her daughter Lisa’s cat Pretty Girl.
She is survived by children Lisa Ann Prive of Newport and Leonard Prive of Burlington; and by several nieces and nephews.  She was predeceased by her son Bernard Prive Sr.; by four sisters:  Simone Kline, Colette Moore, Madeline Lurvey, and Gerry Titeus; and by three brothers:  Frank, Sylvio, and Eddy Lachance.
Private services will be held at the convenience of the family.
Should friends desire, contributions in Mrs. Prive’s memory may be made to the American Cancer Society, 55 Day Lane, Williston, Vermont 05495.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at
Arrangements are by Curtis-Britch Converse-Rushford Funeral Homes.




Wayne William Richardson
Wayne William Richardson, 85, of Stannard died unexpectedly on Saturday, October 31, 2009, at home.
Mr. Richardson was born September 17, 1924, in Orange, a son of R. Henry and Katie M. (Richardson) Richardson.
He graduated from Bradford Academy in 1942 and continued his education at the Vermont State School of Agriculture in Randolph, graduating in 1943.
On June 15, 1948, he married Una Lou Hutchins at the United Methodist Church in Greensboro Bend.
In his earlier years, he was a herdsman for the Quinibeck Camp in Fairlee.  He was an artificial insemination technician and later a field man for the northern area of the New Hampshire-Vermont Breeding Association, which later became the Eastern Breeders’ Association.
In 1961 he and his wife purchased the family dairy farm in Stannard from her parents, Frank and Vera Hutchins.  In 1981 the livestock was sold, and Mr. Richardson drove a lumber truck until he retired in the mid-1990s.
He was a member of the United Methodist Church in Greensboro Bend and the Touch of Grace Church in East Hardwick.  Other memberships include Orleans Lodge 55 of Free and Accepted Masons and the Order of the Eastern Star Orient Chapter 13, both of Barton, Riverside Grange of West Topsham, Crystal Lake Grange of Barton, and Caspian Lake Grange of Greensboro.
He was a longtime member of the Hazen Squares, which later became Buffalo Mountain Dancers, where he enjoyed square dancing and calling.  He was leader for the Greensboro Dairy 4-H Club for several years.  He enjoyed visiting with people, playing cards, and telling stories.
Survivors include his wife of 61 years, Una Lou; two daughters, Karen R. Miller and her husband, John, of Stannard and Diana Richardson of Plymouth, Massachusetts; three grandchildren:  Sarah Miller and her husband, Nathan Lamarre-Vincent, of Somerville, Massachusetts, Kristen Miller and her husband, Benjamin Carbonetti, of Vernon, Connecticut, and Matthew Miller of Athens, Georgia; one great-grandson, Cormac Lamarre-Vincent, of Somerville; and several cousins, including Kermit Richardson of Orange and Herma R. Clement of Barre.  He was predeceased by his parents.
Visiting hours will be held Thursday, November 5, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Northern Vermont Funeral Home in Hardwick.  Funeral services will be held on Friday, November 6, at 2 p.m. at the United Methodist Church in Greensboro Bend.  Burial will be in the family lot in the Stannard Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in Mr. Richardson’s memory may be made to the United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 813, Greensboro Bend, Vermont 05842; or to the Touch of Grace Assembly of God Church, 104 Vermont Route 16, East Hardwick, Vermont 05836.
Arrangements are by Northern Vermont Funeral Service.




William A. Seymour


William A. Seymour, 84, of Derby died peacefully on October 31, 2009, at his home, surrounded by his family.
Mr. Seymour was born April 30, 1925, in Groveton, New Hampshire, a son of Frank and Florence (Willey) Seymour.
On May 30, 1953, he married Gisele Camille, who survives him.
He was employed by the H.P. Hood Company for 35 years and Union Butterfields for ten years.
He was a veteran of the United States Army and served his country during the Korean War.
He enjoyed flying radio control airplanes, boating, archery, and black powder shooting.
He held memberships with American Legion Post 21 of Newport and Alfred Pepin Post 78.
He is survived by his wife, Gisele Seymour, of Derby; by three children:  Gary Seymour and his wife, Brenda, of Newport, Nancy Dowling and her husband, Joe, of Newport News, Virginia, and Lolita Seymour of Newport; by three grandchildren:  U.S. Army Warrant Officer Ryan Dowling of Newport News, U.S. Army Warrant Officer Alan Dowling of Hawaii, and Eric Dowling of Newport News; and by a great-grandchild.  He was predeceased by half-brother Albert Willey; and by sister Lila Snay.
Funeral services were held November 3 at St. Edward’s Church in Derby Line with the Reverend Michael Reardon celebrating a Mass of Christian Burial.  Interment with full military honors followed in St. Edward’s Cemetery.
Should friends desire, contributions in Mr. Seymour’s memory may be made to St. Edward’s Church, Derby Line, Vermont 05830; or to the American Cancer Society, 55 Day Lane, Williston, Vermont 05495.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at
Arrangements are by Curtis-Britch Converse-Rushford Funeral Homes.




Doris C. Simpson
Doris C. Simpson, 82, of Northfield died October 30, 2009, in Northfield.
Miss Simpson was born March 13, 1927, in Evansville, a daughter of Orin and Flora (Cushman) Simpson.
She graduated from Lyndon Teachers College with a degree in elementary education in 1950.  She was employed by schools including the Worchester Elementary School.  She was a ward secretary at the Central Vermont Medical Center in Berlin.
She enjoyed horseback riding, traveling, and spending time with animals.
She is survived by several cousins.
Services will be held at the convenience of the family.
Should friends desire, contributions in Miss Simpson’s memory may be made to the Frontier Animal Society of Vermont, 502 Strawberry Acres, Newport, Vermont 05855.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at
Arrangements are by Curtis-Britch Converse-Rushford Funeral Homes.




Richard “Ricky” Edwood Westgate Jr.


Richard “Ricky” Edwood Westgate Jr., 46, of Newport died peacefully on October 26, 2009, in Newport, after a long, courageous battle with cancer.
Mr. Westgate was born August 8, 1963, in Brockton, Massachusetts, a son of Arlene Tice and Richard Edwood Westgate Sr.
He was a carpenter and painter for Russwood Interior Design Company in Colchester.
He was a very sociable person, telling stories and jokes, being the life of the party, and making people laugh.  Most of all, he was proud of his family and friends and his Native American heritage.  He enjoyed watching the History Channel.
He is survived by his daughter Angela Westgate of Rockland, Massachusetts; by his granddaughter Mariah of Rockland; by his mother, Arlene Tice, of Newport; by his fiancée, Elaine Chagnon, of Newport; by brothers:  Michael Fillion and his wife, Connie-Jo, of Maine, Albert Bratti of Newport Center, and Henry Fillion and his wife, Kelly, of Rockland; by his sister Debbie Bratti and her husband, Ricky LaPage, of Newport; by many nieces and nephews; and by his many loving friends.  He was predeceased by his father, Richard Westgate Sr., in 2000; by his stepfather Herbert Tice in 2001; and by nieces Tina Bratti Chagnon in 2005 and Nicole Bratti on April 19.
Graveside services were held October 30 at the Derby Line Cemetery with Elder Robert Suprenault officiating.
Should friends desire, contributions in Mr. Westgate’s memory may be made to the Hope Lodge, 237 East Avenue, Burlington, Vermont 05401.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at
Arrangements are by Curtis-Britch Converse-Rushford Funeral Homes.
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